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It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
It's hard to compare this system with the one back home because I was given a stipend at my host institution whereas in the States food and lodging was already paid for. If you go through ISEP to come to UniversitÚ de Picardie Jules Verne, you'll be in for a rude awakening on how much you receive in stipend money. It was barely enough to cover food and lodging at first with scrimping. Then, me and the other ISEP exchange students had to rally together to get an additional 40 Euros, putting the stipend up to 385 Euros per month. Out of that I had to pay 182.84 Euros per month in rent. And, the rest went to food. So, word of caution: make sure you understand your monetary responsibilities before diving into a study abroad program! Also, I spent less on a telephone because I didn't have one. Everyone...I mean EVERYONE...has a cell phone in France. We didn't even have a permanent phone in our apartment. I couldn't afford a cell phone on my stipend or my personal savings. Save a lot of money for travel because the school only takes you on one to two trips per semester (and usually they're only one-day deals). There is an international club called PhilÚas Fogg. They do trips. But, you have to pay to go on them. Keep that in mind. I had to pay 35 Euros for a weekend trip to the Loire Valley. It was well worth it, though.
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Overall, Travel, Nightlife:
was more expensive than at home.
was the same price as at home.
was less expensive than at home.